This week was a lot of fun, as we had our first out of town visitor come see our new home in Portland. My adventurous, awesome friend Kimberly was that guest, and together with Dan, we showed her all around town, taking her to some of the best Portland haunts. One of our first stops was Mississippi's well known food truck lot, where I had the pleasure of trying KOi Fusion - Korean Mexi-BBQ cuisine.
Known for its bright blue, green and white exterior, I'm always attracted to this truck's cheery look. Aside from three food trucks that circulate around Portland, KOi also boasts two brick and mortar locations as well as a whole catering division. Founded on deeply seated Korean family recipes that are re-mixed with BBQ and Mexican flavors, KOi offers a great lunch option in the middle of the day, especially if you happen to be on a shopping excursion with an out of town guest.
While the menu is simple and consists of a few options such as tacos, burritos, sliders, k-dogs, rice bowls and quesadillas, there's a plethora of combinations you can create by choosing a protein of your choice.
Bulgogi Beef Slider - As you can see above, the slider is substantial in size and packed to the gills with ingredients such as tender, marinated beef, crunchy nappa cabbage, bean sprouts, and Tillamook cheddar cheese. I loved the freshness of the veggies and how they complemented the slightly sweet and tangy beef. Since this is a generously beefy sandwich, you'll get a few pieces falling out of the fluffy bun they use, but it's fun to scoop them up with a fork and devour as a last bite.
Spicy Tofu Taco - If I had to do this one over again, I'd fill it with a different protein, as the tofu created something a little too watery for my taste. The actual tofu was seasoned well and packed a punch in terms of spice, but paired with the slaw, cucumbers and bean sprouts, the texture left something to be desired. I'll definitely give it another chance though and try the pork instead.
Service and Cost:
When compared to the trucks in this lot, KOi Fusion far outperformed the others in terms of speed of service. While a few of the other vendors can have a bit of an edge to them, the folks at KOi are super nice and courteous.
Costs are super cheap and set me back just $6 for the two aforementioned items, which were quite filling.
KOi Fusion Truck - 4233 N. Mississippi Avenue, Portland OR 97217